Hackney Showroom presents BURGERZ

written & performed by Travis Alabanza

23 Oct – 3 Nov | 7.30pm | £10 previews £12 standard | Big Space

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Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged Burgers.
After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers.
How they are made, how they feel, and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin.
This show is the climax of their obsession – exploring how trans bodies survive and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity.
Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Alabanza presents a performance that is timely, unsettling and powerful.


Directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay
Set & Costume Design Soutra Gilmour
Associate Designer Isabella Van Braeckel
Lighting Design Lee Curran & Lauren Woodhead
Sound Design XANA
Movement Nando Messias

Running time approx 1hr | Suitable for ages 14+

BURGERZ will be accompanied by some xtra toppingz:

Tranz Talkz – a national series of community conversations with trans and non-binary people discussing how they encounter public space.

BURGERZ: The Exhibition – An exhibition of audio-recordings of trans voices discussing transphobic harassment + an outfit installation of clothes worn by trans people with accompanying narratives around public harassment.

Special Performances:
Monday 29 October: Post-show Q&A with Travis Alabanza and the BURGERZ team about the making of the show and exhibition.
Tuesday 30 October: BSL interpreted performance.
Wednesday 31 October: Post-show Q&A, gal-dem‘s Micha Frazer-Carroll in conversation with Travis Alabanza.

BURGERZ previews at Ovalhouse on 19 & 20 October
and plays at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester from 14-17 November and Homotopia on 18 November.

In association with Ovalhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre & Marlborough Theatre. BURGERZ is also part of the And What? Queer. Arts. Festival.

Supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Bishopsgate Institute & Hackney Museum




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